Ah, Freshman 15. If you're unaware of what this term is, it's basically the first fifteen pounds lose or gain in your freshman year in college. What baffles freshmen more is the latter. How come suddenly your shorts that you wore on the first day of college suddenly don't fit anymore? Is there a science to Freshman 15 and why it's such a common phenomenon among us? Why, yes there is! Below are four explanations to the Freshman 15.
Here's the thing, you're absolutely free to eat what you want whenever you want it. College doesn't have designated time periods for breaks like high school. Hell, depending on your professor, you could even eat during class. Sometimes, during that class and you feel the sudden pang of hunger, it's possible that you're not actually hungry but just bored. So even if you just ate two hours ago, you already envisioned buying that bag of chicken poppers right after the bell rings. The drastic change in your eating habits most likely contributed to your weight gain.
Now that you're in college, you're probably going to grab every opportunity to party and drink alcohol. The sudden spike in alcohol consumption will make you fatter because in the first place, alcohol isn't healthy. One shot of vodka, rum, or brandy, is around 100 calories already. A can of beer is already 154 calories. Alcohol also slows down your metabolism, you know, the hormone that burns calories.
With all these readings, group presentations, papers and etc, you can't go to gym routinely as you usually did before. You think walking to your classes will help you lose weight, but it doesn't counter all those burgers you've been eating at the cafeteria, unless you're metabolism is that fast. A good tip for this is to do at least five minutes of exercise everyday, like pilates or circuit training.
This depends on the person but usually students partake of stress eating. You just need two or three bags of Doritos to calm you down as you go through term papers, exams, and of course your very dramatic love life. Sometimes you have to get your coffee fix for you to pull an all nighter. I'd just like you to know, a caramel macchiato from Starbucks isn't the healthiest of drinks out there (228 calories, which is equal to one regular slice of pizza).